First of all, I’m not telling anyone they’re wrong to feel upset about the decisions surrounding last years trade deadline or this offseason. Differences in opinion are just that, and I’m not exactly thrilled about the offseason either, but the disingenuous “better trade Adley for more prospects” type of comments are not living in reality.
I get the frustration but my confidence comes from everything this front office has done since they took over and projecting that forward. An elite talent pipeline was promised and that was delivered and I believe will be sustained. The coaches and player development are among the best in the sport and are all on the same page, no mixed messages at each stop up the ladder. No matter what you think of it they have a plan and a reason for each move they make. The amount of money that will be spent comes down to ownership but I see no reason why they wouldn’t take steps to be perennial contenders when we’re already right in the cusp of that.
You can call me naive and maybe I’ll be wrong. But I’m confident. And I know the front office, coaches, and players up and down the system are too.
So, all of this is reasonable. I don't feel exactly the same, but the position makes sense.
With all of that said, if not this year, when are they going to feel like they're "right on the cusp?" Why would this not be the year? What are they waiting for, coming off of a tremendously improved season with exciting young players all over the roster? What is so dejecting for me is that it seems obvious that the time to add legit veteran talent is now. Not next year. Not 2025. Now. After wasting seasons in the name of acquiring premium draft capital, it now feels like they're wasting another for no reason at all by making the decision to not try very hard to improve.
I will never complain about the acquisition and development of a pipeline of talent. For years (decades?) that had been my biggest concern, and for the first time it appears like it's truly being done differently. But, you can't always play for next year. At some point you have to invest in who you are today, not who you might be tomorrow. The ultimate goal is to win a world series, not be a serviceable, watchable product. That is very likely not happening without outside help.
I agree that some of the barbs are a little over the top, and I'm guilty of them at times as well. However, I think, while they're likely intentionally hyperbolic, they're rooted in a real fear that watching these young stars get traded with a year or more service time left is an inevitability because of the lack of investment. There's been no indicators yet that this team will do what is necessary to sign premium talent or extend their own. Until they prove otherwise, they will be very hard to trust.